TCA (my initials)

January 16, 2007

geezers think alike

Filed under: Doodling — TCA @ 10:29 pm

We handle eighty-four billion calls a year. Serving everyone from presidents and kings to the scum of the earth. We realize that every so often you can’t get an operator, for no apparent reason your phone goes out of order, or perhaps you get charged for a call you didn’t make.

We don’t care.

Watch this… [she hits buttons maniacally] …just lost Peoria.

You see, this phone system consists of a multibillion-dollar matrix of space age technology that is so sophisticated, even we can’t handle it. But that’s your problem, isn’t it? Next time you complain about your phone service, why don’t you try using two Dixie cups with a string?

We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the Phone Company.

I saw it when it first aired in 1976. Lily Tomlin performing the role of telephone operator Ernestine on Saturday Night Live…

Low End Mac’s Dan Knight mentioned that particular comedy routine today in his column about the iPhone partnership of Apple and Cingular/AT&T.


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